Ceramic tiles are the easiest kind to cut, because if you score the surface and apply pressure on both sides of the scored line, it will snap in two right at that line. This is the principle on which platform score-and-snap tile cutters are based, allowing you to run a blade-wheel over the tile and then just bring down the prongs on either side to snap it. But those cutters are designed for tiles of at least 3 or 4 inches wide. For smaller ones, the same principle is employed in a handheld scoring cutter.
Things You'll Need
- Tape measure
- Wax pencil
- Handheld scoring cutter (looks like pliers, but with a small round blade-wheel and two prongs)
With your tape measure and wax pencil, mark the face of the tile where it needs to be cut.
Set your tri-square along the edge of the tile, so the flat span crosses the mark in the direction you want it to go. Run your wax pencil along the edge of the tri-square to make a line on the tile face from edge to edge.
Lay the tile flat on a solid surface, glazed side up, with the line in front of you facing from front to back. Set the round blade-wheel on the line at the side closest to you. Lean your weight forward on the tool while pushing the blade forward across the surface. Make one scored line in the glaze.
Pick up the cutter in one hand and the tile in the other. Rest the tile in the jaws of the cutter, with the scored line sitting right between the two prongs of the cutter.
Squeeze the cutter with firm, steady pressure, until the tile snaps in two at the line.
Tips & Warnings
- Wear eye protection while cutting tiles.
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